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Mazda6 vs Hyundai Sonata

xeoxeo Posts: 10
edited March 10 in Hyundai
I have a big dilemma. I can't really choose between these two cars. I have test driven both and they have things going for and against them. I'll break it down:

Hyundai Sonata:
+Price
+Solid
+Warranty
+Trunk
-Generic looking

Mazda6
+Sporty looking (with sport package)
+BIG discounts on 2005's
-Poor 4 cyl acceleration
-Questionable cloth quality
-Dash kind of tacky on 2005 models

If I had kids I would definitely go for the Sonata, but we don't plan on having kids for a few years so do I really want a generic looking car? Don't get me wrong, the Sonata is fairly good looking, but it isn't exactly sporty (the Mazda6 is). But at the same time, even though I can get up to 3500 off a Mazda6 (on top of the S-plan), I can still get a V6 Sonata for the same price as the 4 banger Mazda6 (sports trim). And I am not impressed with the acceleration of the 4 cyl Mazda6 2005.

I'd probably take the 2006 Mazda6 (improved interior and torque) over the Sonata if the price was the same, but not with the current price differences.

Any comments/suggestions?

PS. Looking to buy withing the next month and want to stay below 20k OTD.
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  • Hi Xeo,

    I compared both cars as well. I ended up getting a 2006 Hyundai Sonata LX with pkg 3 (sunroof and 6-CD changer). The Sonata will definetely get you more bang for the buck. It is generic looking, but in a good way. Everybody that sees our car, loves it.

    Also, you don't plan to have kids for a few years, but you never know what might happen. I guess it will depend on how long you will plan to keep this car. If you plan to keep it for at least five years, then you really can't plan your life that far ahead (there are so many twists and turns).

    I can tell you from experience, you will go back and forth on this one. Remember, the Mazda6 may be nice now, but you won't want to be thinking a year from now, "I wish my car had this or that." With the Sonata, I got everything I would ever need on a car plus more. It's nice to wake up in the cold chilly mornings and turn on the heated seats, it's nice to have HomeLink installed, and it's nice to have all those other little extras.

    I would suggest you go for the Sonata, but make it a V6. The extra power is great.

    Hope this helps...
  • Both are very nice cars, but I would lean towards the Mazda6 if it was a comparison between the V6 models. However, seeing as though you want something under 20K, I don't think there's a better buy for the money than the Sonata. The last gen Sonata was ok, but it still had a lot of short comings. Only thing that made the last gen acceptable was its pricing. However, now that the Sonata comes with all the latest safety features and power to spare on the V6, you just can't go wrong. Styling and handling might be short of the Mazda6, but I think its other advantages are just too great to disregard.
  • xeoxeo Posts: 10
    You may be right guys. However it seems that the incentives on the Sonata dropped from last month so that will weigh in too. I'm planning on taking the wife to see both cars this weekend - desperately need a second opinion.

    I agree though, the V6 on the Sonata was great.
  • xeoxeo Posts: 10
    Actually it seems as the discounts are the same, although you have the option of taking low apr instead of customer cash back. I think. Or how do you guys read it? Have gotten conflicting answers on that..
  • blnewtblnewt Posts: 27
    We compared several cars over the last 6 weeks and after the dust settled the Sonata V6 was a clear choice for us. We looked at Accord, Camry, Fusion, Mazda6, Jetta, Altima and Sonata.All had a feature or two that stood out, but the Hyundai had the best combo of features, price, & warranty. Hyundais' quality is now approaching the Toyota/Honda level and is equal to that of Nissan and better than Mazda, VW and Ford.
    I was very surprized that I was even considering a Hyundai, but after reading steller reviews from most every publication online & off, I'm glad I woke up to the fact that Hyundai is now a major force in the "quality automotive market" and not just a price leader.
    The Sonata is extremely solid and quiet at all speeds and RPM levels, we drove the 4 cyl too and it's also a very nice vehicle, but the V6 w/ the shiftronic auto is just a kick to drive~seemed to have quite a bit more pop off the line than the Accord & Camry V6's.
    We paid 21,900 (minus the $2000 rebate) so a bit under $20,000 for such a complete vehicle truly made all our research worthwhile.
  • I bought a Sonata GLS 4 cyl (I wanted the better gas mileage it has plenty of power but that is just me.) I love it! You can get them for about 500 under invoice and there are several rebates to boot. Adjusted for inflation I figure this car was about the same as the VW Fox I bought in 1988. But this car has so much more on it. It is without a doubt the best value out there if that appeals to you.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    The Mazda6 has poorer acceleration with the 4 than does the Sonata? Where are the stats to back that up? Both engines put out similar power ratings...

    ~alpha
  • xeoxeo Posts: 10
    Sonata has better torque, and if you test drive both cars it is fairly obvious. I ended up with the Mazda6 though, mainly because of its sportier nature and looks. Plus the huge discounts played a big part of it too. I just felt like the Sonata was an "older persons"-car. No offence. ;)
  • fitguyfitguy Posts: 222
    "Hyundais' quality is now approaching the Toyota/Honda level and is equal to that of Nissan and better than Mazda, VW and Ford."

    I would like to see the stats that support that; Hyundai has dramatically improved the initial BUILD quality of the Sonata, but look back 5 years at Hyundai in general for overall reliability and they aren't there yet, certainly not superior to Mazda and I doubt Ford, either. The Sonata holds tremendous promise, but the jury is still out.

    That said, the "value quotient" of the Sonata is undeniable- huge bang for the buck. The styling, IMO, is smoothed-up Accord. Pleasing enough, but definitely not sporty. Our volcanic red Mazda6S gets looks everywhere we take it, and with the sport package the handling is exceptional- you need to jump up to BMW, G35, or Acura for another 8-15K to improve on it. For us, it boiled down to driving fun- I had an '03 Accord and it was nice, but I grew tired of it after 30K miles. The 6 gave us excitement without having to overspend for it. If I were just looking for a nice, competent sedan I would certainly consider the new Sonata (when we bought in '04, the older version was not even a consideration) or an Accord. If you will keep a car for 5 yrs or more, resale value is irrelevant; if not, Hyundai still lags behind and will for several years yet. Even Mazda's resale is not what Honda/Toyota are, but we knew that going in and are giving the car to our daughter in 2 years so that didn't factor in for us. My long .02
  • blnewtblnewt Posts: 27
    I would like to see the stats that support that; Hyundai has dramatically improved the initial BUILD quality of the Sonata, but look back 5 years at Hyundai in general for overall reliability and they aren't there yet, certainly not superior to Mazda and I doubt Ford, either.

    I don't have exact quotes or references, just an overall concensus from all the sources I've been exposed to over the last 8 weeks prior to our purchase. And yes, you make a good point, I WAS referring to "initial" build quality and not the long term(since it's a new model it's hard to predict for sure, but I think we can all agree that their quality is much, much improved). At of all the cars we tested the Honda seemed the tightest build, followed very closely by the Hyundai, then Toyota & Mazda, then Nissan, then VW, and then the Fusion~but all cars were very close IMO, all would make good choices I believe~Ther Hyundai just clicked in all areas that we thought were important, and the "out-the-door" price sealed the deal for us.
  • fitguyfitguy Posts: 222
    I'm willing to bet your Sonata will prove very reliable- Hyundai is becoming a force to be reckoned with, and the Japanese had better sit up and take notice. Next thing you know, they will be building AWD sedans and going after Subaru!
  • Well the 2005 Sonata was rated the most trouble free car and Hyundai at large was rated second in quality to only Lexus. I think that is pretty good. Hyundai is certainly better than Ford (LOL!!!!!!) and VW and all the other European makes which have really lost quality in their socialist countries where people only work a few hours a week.
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    Hyundai is certainly better than Ford (LOL!!!!!!) and VW and all the other European makes which have really lost quality in their socialist countries where people only work a few hours a week
    Could you elaborate? My understanding is that many American car firms have been losing market share also to the Asian car makers chiefly due to issues of quality; several US automakes are verging on bankruptcy. Do you think that there may be other reasons that car makers are finding it difficult to maintain high quality levels and be profitable, such as for example, exchange rates? Do you consider BMW and Mercedes to be socialist companies?
  • haefrhaefr Posts: 600
    "Do you consider BMW and Mercedes to be socialist companies?"

    Good question - precisely one that would generate lively discussion on a political forum.
  • Socialist companies??? I think most be understood my comments.
  • fitguyfitguy Posts: 222
    Rated by who? You need to substantiate statements like that- don't forget, most of us are nit-pickers here! :)
    I've never seen either statement in print; if they are fact, hats off to Hyundai. But where's the proof?
  • Consumer reports rated Sonata the car with least problems here is the article (or just Google Sonata trouble free):

    http://english.busanilbo.com/bin/newsLoader.php?NO=6568&newsClass=Business
  • audia8qaudia8q Posts: 3,138
    Is that initial quality or a long term quality test?? Initial quality doesnt really mean much....the real test is 4 years down the road with 50k on the odometer. Hyundai's track record has improved over the past few years but they still have terrible resale values and very suspect long term durability...with so many proven quality carmakers available I wonder why somebody would take a chance?
  • I don't know what more to say. With your reasoning you should be still buying Americam cars because the Japanese cars were junk a few years back. Things have changed (again) and Korean cars are far better than Japanese cars.

    I mean your talking Gorganzola and its Brie time, man.
  • audia8qaudia8q Posts: 3,138
    With your reasoning you should be still buying Americam cars because the Japanese cars were junk a few years back

    A few years back??? LOL I would say that Honda and Toyota have a solid 25-30 year track record. I also don't recall saying anything about American cars.
    Hyundai has a 90 day initial quality track record.

    Also, the first generation Honda's were superior to their domestic counterparts right out of the box....Honda and Toyota didn't build junk for 15 years like Hyundai and then all of the sudden decide to be competative.

    So I ask again, why gamble with an unproven product with a terrible previous track record compared to a track record that is second to none?

    Based of the 2006's that I have seen at auction already their resale values havent improved any.
    Maybe someday Hyundai will build a car that is a top quality product...but at this point they are still second rate compared to their Japanese competators.
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